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leaders who were lackeys of the united states and israel, were out of touch with the youth ask the populations in their countries, whereas the president of syria was a young 45 at the time. he was a computer nerd. he liked the technological toys of the west. he was in touch with the syrian population. he certainly was not a lackey of the united states, and israel. in fact he was supported of hezbollah, amass, iran, and other groups and states, that had a lot of street credibility in the arab world. so they thought it would pass them over. in fact i know that president bashar had mentioned -- commissioned three studies in february and march before the uprising broke out, and all three said, no, it's not going to happen in syria. so he felt pretty confident. i know for -- i can guarantee you that he was absolutely shocked when the uprising really started to seep into syria, particularly, of course, what lit the fire was the arrest and roughing up of the 15 school age children, teenagers, in the southern city of duras in syria. that touched a nerve. that sort of thing happened in
admiration and affection for israel. and i tank the parameters of the debate about the middle east and about the israeli palace to conflict in israel are far broader than they are in the united states. my opinions are not particularly controversial and servers on the among most of my friends are sort of art beyond themselves. but they are in the united states. the newspaper, for instance, the israeli newspaper has probably the best coverage of the palestinians if any paper in the country another's articles written by israel a jewish. danny rubinstein, a mere half, india must be. these are great, great journalists. and did israel credit. so i think that's a frustration for many of us middle east is that we saw possibilities in oslo and in the relationship between a soccer game and king hussein. i knew king hussein uncovered rypien. and with the assassination where lots advantage in israel after the united states has essentially become captive to really rapacious right-wing. for instance, the israeli foreign terror of the deer, lieberman who is openly called for the ethnic cleansing of israeli
will they want to go down in flames or will they want to launch a chemical attack against israel, for instance, desperately trying to turn a domestic conflict into an arab israeli war that will take the pressure off them for a little bit, coe aless the people around israel and soing for. that's the dooms day scenario. >> wonderful, thank you so much for being here. [applause] >> i would like to invite you to >> this event took place at the 17th annual texas book festival in austin, texas. for more information about the festival visit texas festival.org. >> up next, beatrix hoffman presents a history of the american health care system. she present your thoughts on why the united states has been one of the few developed countries do not adopt universal health care. and examines where the issue is so divisive. this is just under an hour. >> hello, everyone. i'm dale davis. and a former faculty member of women's studies, women's history and so on, so i'm delighted to be here. and happy we are sponsoring this program. thank you to all of you, and thank you, gretchen, for the nice introduction. it's
ceremony. [applause] >> good afternoon i am honored to be your brother 303rd broke awards. when israel approached me i was excited and thrilled to meet him as he it is a legend in the african-american world and long been unafraid to speak truth to power but as you may remain on non the award was also given to barber christian who was one of my professors what i was an undergraduate and she was both a brilliant scholar lonesome said teacher that cared about the growth of the students. it it is her legacy that i strive to enact as the new department share netted it is not and has never been just about publishing articles and writing books. added score the work years should be about transformation to transform the critical consciousness, transforming students into thinkers and scholars and to support analysis of race even as the road gets more sophisticated in the name of being post ratio but perhaps the african-american studies department has a responsibility to engage to leverage university resources to make it a more socially conscious place and why i am honored we support this seabed
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